Red Sox relievers staying fresh with help from the farm
The Red Sox called up lefthander Jalen Beeks on Tuesday, pitched him for 2⅓ innings in relief, then sent him back to Triple A Pawtucket on Wednesday, putting lefthander Robby Scott on the roster in his place.
It was the sixth transaction this month that involved one of their Triple A pitchers and it’s a pace manager Alex Cora is comfortable with.
With Brian Johnson, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright on the disabled list, the Sox are actively manipulating the roster to keep fresh arms in the bullpen.
Through Wednesday night’s 4-2 win over the Rangers, Beeks, Scott, Ryan Brasier, William Cuevas, Justin Haley, Bobby Poyner, Marcus Walden, and Brandon Workman have given the Sox 44 appearances and 58⅔ innings.
All eight are in option seasons, meaning the Sox can shift them back and forth to the minors. The catch is they have to stay in the minors 10 days between transactions unless they are replacing a player going on the disabled list.
The more they pitch, the less primary set-up men such as Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly or Heath Hembree have to.
“Overall, I think our starters have done an outstanding job giving us a chance to win and going deep into the games,” Cora said. “One thing I learned is that sometimes that’s not enough, especially when you start playing close games on a daily basis.
“We had to go through those guys. You don’t want to be short . . . Whoever we add has come up here and done a good job.”
Seattle shortstop Jean Segura won the American League Final Vote and was added to the All-Star Game roster. Andrew Benintendi finished second.
Major League Baseball said Segura received 13.6 million votes. No totals were given for Benintendi. But he did finish ahead of Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees), Eddie Rosario (Twins), and Andrelton Simmons (Angels).
Benintendi remains eligible for the team, as an injury replacement. He was not available for comment after the Sox beat the Rangers, 4-2. Benintendi was 2 for 4.
Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar won the NL vote. He had 20.2 million votes.
Wright threw a bullpen session on Monday, his first since July 1. The righthander is making progress for the first since he went on the disabled list on June 25 with inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee.
Wright is scheduled to throw again on Thursday. He also will stay in Boston during the All-Star break to continue with treatments.
“I’m feeling better. Now it’s a matter of building up,” Wright said.
Wright has not appeared in a game since June 22. He will need a minor league game or two before coming off the disabled list. It also has to be determined whether he will start or pitch in relief.
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